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UK NewsClimate activists ready to risk arrest but not passengers' lives in Heathrow protest

18:00  12 september  2019
18:00  12 september  2019 Source:   reuters.com

London police arrest 5 over planned Heathrow drone protest

London police arrest 5 over planned Heathrow drone protest LONDON (AP) — British police say they have arrested five people over a plan by environmental activists to fly drones near Heathrow Airport. The Metropolitan Police force says three men and two women, aged between their 20s and their 50s, were arrested in London "on suspicion of conspiracy to commit a public nuisance." A group calling itself Heathrow Pause planned to disrupt Heathrow with drones on Friday to protest plans for a third runway at Europe's busiest airport. The group said members Roger Hallam and Mike Lynch-White were arrested while being interviewed at a cafe by a German magazine. Three others were detained in north London.

Activists from Heathrow Pause, a splinter of the environmental protest group Extinction Rebellion, have vowed to shut down the London airport The Metropolitan police deputy assistant commissioner Laurence Taylor said protesters taking part in the action “can expect to be arrested ” and police

A UK group of climate activists is planning to fly drones close to Heathrow Airport next month in a The aim for the protest is to exploit what the group dubs a loophole in Heathrow ’s health and safety Penalties for the offence range from fines to life imprisonment if a drone is intentionally used to cause

Climate activists ready to risk arrest but not passengers' lives in Heathrow protest © Reuters/HENRY NICHOLLS Activist Valerie Milner-Brown poses with a drone near Heathrow Airport in London

By Tanya Wood and Henry Nicholls

LONDON (Reuters) - Climate activists planning to disrupt London's Heathrow airport with toy drones said as they practised on Thursday that they would not fly them when planes were in the air and were prepared to be arrested.

Climate activists ready to risk arrest but not passengers' lives in Heathrow protest © Reuters/HENRY NICHOLLS Activists Valerie Milner-Brown and Linda Davidsen pose with drones near Heathrow Airport in London

Last month, British climate activists said they aimed to ground flights at Europe's biggest airport from Friday and put pressure on the government to take tougher steps to reduce carbon emissions.

Police confident Heathrow climate protest will not bring chaos

Police confident Heathrow climate protest will not bring chaos Police confident Heathrow climate protest will not bring chaos

Climate change activists from Extinction Rebellion protest sit after glueing themselves to the front fence of Britain's opposition Labour Party leader In a statement, the group said its actions were a “humanitarian act intended to save millions of innocent lives that will be lost if carbon emissions are

Climate change activist group Heathrow Pause aims to use devices within the no-fly zone as part of efforts to halt the airport's planned expansion. But campaigners said it would go ahead and have called on the prime minister to join them at the protest . "We invite Boris Johnson to join us in flying a

Heathrow has said it will work to operate as usual while protesters from the Heathrow Pause campaign group illegally fly the drones within a 5 km radius of the airport.

They said they would fly them before the airport opens, alert the authorities and wait to be peacefully arrested.

"The idea is that we start the action ... before any flights take off because we will not fly the drones when there is a flight already up in the air," Linda Davidsen told Reuters.

"We tell the authorities an hour before we take the action and then, once we have flown the drone, we call the police."

Heathrow Pause, a splinter group of the climate group Extinction Rebellion which disrupted London streets with high profile action earlier this year, said it would fly drones at no higher than head level.

Heathrow braces for climate protest

Heathrow braces for climate protest Two environment campaigners arrested for planning to fly drones into airport exclusion zone

Police have moved in again to begin arresting climate activists blocking Waterloo Bridge in central London. Other demonstrations have included a semi-naked protest inside the House of Commons and The group says climate breakdown threatens all life on Earth, and so it is rebelling against

Climate protesters are planning to fly drones over Heathrow on Friday. Police have vowed to draft in extra A meeting was held between Heathrow Pause activists and the police force earlier this week to Police were called to Heathrow in April when similar action by climate protesters was planned.

On Thursday, police said they were confident that the action would not bring travel chaos to Heathrow.

But they have also warned that endangering the safety of an aircraft is a serious offence that can result in a long jail sentence, and have vowed to stop drones being flown.

"I know that I am going to be breaking the law but not with any intent of hurting anybody. This is a symbolic action," Davidsen said.

Last year, British lawmakers approved the expansion of Heathrow with a third runway, although the decision is being challenge in courts by local authorities and environmental groups.

Another prospective drone pilot, Valerie Milner-Brown, said she did not understand the decision to approve the new runway, given the possible environmental consequences.

"So now we are having to put ourselves into this terrible situation of having to go to prison," she said.

Air travel currently accounts for just 2.5% of global carbon emissions, but the industry is attempting to reconcile airlines' growth plans with a pledge to cut carbon emissions by 50% from 2005 levels.

Campaigners believe much more radical action is needed to avert climate catastrophe

"It's going to cause disruption because we are trying to get everybody to listen, particularly the government to listen to the climate crisis we are in and take meaningful action," Davidsen said.

(Writing by Alistair Smout; editing by Stephen Addison)

Extinction Rebellion co-founder arrested for trying to fly drone near Heathrow Airport.
An Extinction Rebellion co-founder has been arrested for the second time in three days after trying to fly a drone near Heathrow Airport during an environmental protest, the group said. © Provided by Johnston Publishing Ltd Roger Hallam was detained on Saturday while attempting to disrupt flights at Britain's busiest airport with the device. The activist had been arrested on Thursday during a pre-emptive wave of arrests ahead of the climate change action and was bailed with conditions not to be within five miles of any airport or possess drone equipment, Extinction Rebellion (XR) said.

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